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Archive for April, 2010

Congratulations to Technology Improvement Awardees

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

We are pleased to announce the the recipients of our latest round of  Technology Improvement Awards.


Zotero and Other Handy Browser Extensions

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Edit: The recording and slides of the Zotero presentation are now available!

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow at 1pm Pacific Time for an RML Rendezvous webcast all about Zotero. Our special guest presenter will be Lorena O’English, Social Sciences Reference & Instruction Librarian at Washington State University.

What is Zotero, you ask? It’s a free, open source extension for the Firefox web browser. Zotero allows you to collect, store, manage, and share all kinds of citations (for articles, books, websites, etc.) from right within Firefox. You can use it to generate bibliographies and to organize stored files such as PDFs. This chart from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Libraries shows how Zotero stacks up to some of the leading commercial citation management products.

While we’re on the subject of useful browser extensions, here are a few more of our favorites:


Public Libraries Key in Digital Infrastructure

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

ischool logo

The University of Washington Information School has just released a research study which profiles people who use public access computers and internet connections in libraries, the types of use in which they engage, and the impact that use has on them, their families, friends, and communities.

The results clearly show that public libraries are a key element of America’s digital infrastructure and that large numbers of people are using public access services to meet their needs in health, education, employment, and other important areas. The new, reliable data provided by this report will support local and national advocacy and funding efforts.

The study report, titled “Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries” is available online via this shortcut link: The study was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Rendezvous: Zotero

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Image of Superman with text "This is a job for" above a Zotero sticker
This is a job for Zotero, from jazzmodeus

Edit: The recording and slides of the Zotero presentation are now available!

Have you heard about Zotero, a free open-source Firefox web browser extension that allows you to collect, manage, cite and share your research, but weren’t sure where to begin with using it?

Join us for a free RML Rendezvous webcast on Wednesday, April 14th 2010 at 1pm Pacific Time (2pm Mountain, noon Alaska) at

Zotero will be presented by Lorena O’English, Social Sciences Reference and Instruction Librarian at Washington State University, who regularly offers classes about Zotero and will give you a better understanding about how to use this great tool.

As part of our Federal agency services regarding electronic and information technology resources being accessible to people with disabilities, closed captioning is now available on this and all future RML Rendezvous webcasts. If you are hearing impaired and in need of closed captioning, please contact Nikki Dettmar at by noon Pacific time on Friday, April 9th so we may gladly arrange for this service.

We look forward to seeing you at the webcast! For more information please visit How do I connect to the Rendezvous? to test your computer connection.